The Heather Zeilstra Story Island Surgeons
Faced with Stage 3 invasive ductal carcinoma, Heather Zeilstra was petrified. Her nerves were quickly settled when Dr. Oman explained the plan and shared her own personal journey with cancer. Read more.
The Bob Maxson Story
Bob Maxson learned to play the bagpipes while in college and enjoyed it immensely. Yet once he went off to grad school, he didn’t pick up the bagpipes again – though they remained on his bucket list. Read more.
The Joy and Gary Walter Story
I am fortunate to have picked up a stool-sampling kit and submitted it in the spring of 2016. Feeling healthy, I had no reason to see my beloved primary-care physician. Read more.
The Ron and Sherry Oberst Story
Patient Portal (myIslandHealth)
Anacortes residents, Ron and Sherry Oberst, visit the Island Hospital patient portal frequently, especially to maintain vigilance over Sherry’s multiple medical conditions. Below is Ron Oberst’s response when asked about his use of the portal. Read more.
The Barbara Anderson Story
When daughter-in-law Tina arrived to get Barbara Anderson, she noticed that Anderson had no eye contact and was looking “half out of it”. To this, Anderson replied, “I feel so tired, like I could sleep forever.”
Tina said, “Not today, Mom,” and called 9-1-1. Read more.
The Suzanne Martin-Gowen Story
Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center
In fall 2012, Anacortes resident Suzanne Martin-Gowen was facing oral surgery, but her surgeon said she needed hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) before he could perform the operation. She thought she was going to be traveling out of town to access this service, but was delighted to learn that HBOT was available at Island Hospital. Read more.
The Tim Wittman Story
Sleep Wellness Center
By day, Guemes Island resident Tim Wittman is a psychologist with the Burlington-Edison School District. But often by night and weekends, he's part of Cannery Underground, a popular local folk duo that sets some of this region's maritime folklore and yarns to music. Read more.
The Adrean Harris Story
Sleep Wellness Center
Adrean Harris didn't think she had a sleep problem. The 74-year-old La Connor resident wasn't overweight and suffered from few of the underlying health problems usually associated with sleep disorders. But when her husband, George, reminded her that she snored and felt tired most of the time – even to the point of nodding off while driving – Harris asked her primary-care doctor to arrange an evaluation at the Island Hospital Sleep Wellness Center. Read more.
The Sharon Maya Story
Merle Cancer Care Center
At 67, Friday Harbor resident Sharon Maya had never experienced a major illness. Then she was diagnosed with a form of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and was facing her first massive chemotherapy infusion at Island Hospital's Merle Cancer Care Center (MCCC). Read more.
The Reese Perkins Story
“I didn’t retire to sit home in a rocking chair.”
The sun is barely up, but in the Cardiopulmonary Care Center at Island Hospital workout room 79-year-old Reese Perkins is already working up a sweat on the rowing machine. Around him are others who regularly exercise in an ongoing program for individuals recovering from heart-related illnesses or procedures. Read more.